ePortfolios for Adults (and Other Humans)


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ePortfolios for lifelong learning in formal, nonformal and informal contexts. Used for PLAR/RPL, employability and continuing professional development. Based on the open source Mahara platform.

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  • About Learning AgentsAbout Don Presant
  • Federal corporation, HQ in ManitobaMultimedia learning resources for career development, workplace learning and professional developmentSpecialty: facilitating, packaging & disseminating insights of learners, practitioners and subject matter expertsProducer of “Career Destination” solutions through community partnerships since 2001Opened Learning Agents eStudiosin 2007multimedia & video facility for learning resource production, ePortfolio development and webcastingActive voluntary role in communityCareer Trek and “Let’s Get to Work” conferenceDon Presant: Chair of Manitoba PLA Network (MPLAN) Community Telecentre COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: technology literacy, engagement, expression, workVideo-conference (in development)job interviews , online learning e.g. classes for prospective immigrants overseas, workplace trainingOther community learning events (subscribe to other networks)Collaborative Workshop EnvironmentHands-On ePortfolio and related workshopsDigital Production StudiosPhotos, objects, actions, interviews, simulationsImages, audio, video, textQuick set-up, quick turnaround (photo vs. scan, permanent lighting setup, direct to disk recording, etc.)Multimedia Post Production Facility :career profiles, ePortfolio resources, training videosProduction and Facilitation Support Services: staff, freelance & partners
  • “key activity of the Manitoba Adult Literacy Strategy for the next three years”
  • An Adult Learning Focused Institution (ALFI) excels in these ways:OutreachConducts its outreach to adult learners by overcoming barriers in time, place, and tradition in order to create lifelong access to educational opportunitiesLife & Career PlanningAddresses adult learners’ life and career goals before or at the onset of enrollment in order to assess and align its capacities to help learners reach their goalsFinancingPromotes choice using an array of payment options for adult learners in order to expand equity and financial flexibilityAssessment of Learning OutcomesDefines and assesses the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired by adult learners—both from the curriculum and from life and work experience—in order to assign credit and confer degrees with rigorTeaching-Learning ProcessFaculty uses multiple methods of instruction (including experiential and problem-based methods) for adult learners in order to connect curricular concepts to useful knowledge and skillsStudent Support SystemsAssists adult learners using comprehensive academic and student support systems in order to enhance students’ capacities to become self-directed, lifelong learnersTechnologyUses technology to provide relevant and timely information and to enhance the learning experienceStrategic PartnershipsEngages in strategic relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with employers and other organizations in order to develop and improve educational opportunities for adult learnersTransitionsSupports guided pathways that lead into and from the institution's programs and services in order to ensure that students' learning will apply usefully to achieving their educational and career goals
  • “key activity of the Manitoba Adult Literacy Strategy for the next three years”
  • Step 1: Identify life experiences and identify examples of essential skills that you have Include:Volunteer experiencesHobbiesSchoolWorkStep 2: Reflect – Identify knowledge, skills and attitudesWhat do I know, what can I do, what attitudes are needed? Step 3: Writing outcomes: Clear, correct and concise  Complete writing outcomes, using action words Step 4: Group into areas of expertise SMART goals Create functional lists of essential skillsCreate functional lists for areas of expertiseCreate SMART goalsSpecificMeasurableAttainableRealisticTimely Step 5: Put it all together in the portfolioIntroductionTitle PageTable of ContentsPersonal Statement or Introduction Essential Skills ListsAreas of Expertise: Knowledge, Skills and AttitudesWriting OutcomesFunctional ListsResumesCover lettersDemonstrations, certificates, transcriptsGoals/Plans
  • RPL?Learning portfolio for courses?Work placement tracking?Transition planning?Further education? Employment?Complementary strategies?Résumés and cover letters? Social media?Other alternatives?Are the students ready?What about the teachers?
  • ePortfolios for Adults (and Other Humans)

    1. 1. ePortfolios for Adults (and Other Humans) Manitoba Adult Secondary Education Council (ASEC) October 25, 2013
    2. 2. Learning Agents Accelerated learning systems E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting http://bit.ly/DonPresant_ePortfolio
    3. 3. Why are we talking about ePortfolios?
    4. 4. http://blog.qmee.com/qmee-online-in-60-seconds/ The Read-Write Web has changed the Internet from: • a shopping mall • an encyclopedia • a television To a place where we personalize our experience and leave our footprints behind
    5. 5. Résumés and CVs on Job Boards become… Xelcise, Creative Commons/Flickr
    6. 6. Human Capital Management eSourcing, Applicant Tracking, Talent Management
    7. 7. eSourcing is Social Employers want to find you techvibes.com
    8. 8. Digital Dirt… Developing Digital Citizens Alex Couros 2012
    9. 9. Digital Identity
    10. 10. Sage on the Stage… Photo Credit: US Mission Geneva via Compfight cc
    11. 11. Personalized Learning Flipped Classroom and the Read/Write Web YouTube and Facebook in Nursing Education by Laura Killam on Prezi
    12. 12. Digital Technology: the air we breathe The New Essential Skill Defining Essential Digital Skills in the Canadian Workplace
    13. 13. PIAAC: PS-TRE Problem Solving in Technology Rich Environments • Digital technologies have transformed the way we communicate, learn and work (and solve problems) • Many of us lack the skills to use them effectively http://bit.ly/PS-TRE • “Enabling technologies” also become part of the problems we have to solve
    14. 14. OK, but what IS an ePortfolio?
    15. 15. ePortfolio = your Personal Space For formal, non-formal and informal learning http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios
    16. 16. What is ePortfolio? Process vs. Product http://electronicportfolios.org/balance/Balancing.jpg
    17. 17. Key Message: ePortfolios can be FOR and OF Learning FOR Learning OF Learning focused on process focused on product supports learning demonstrates learning private workshop public shop window a learning environment a showcase of learning achievements learning activities learning outcomes formative assessment summative assessment lower stakes higher stakes
    18. 18. ePortfolio OF Learning Submission for credit: Athabasca Link to site
    19. 19. ePortfolio FOR Learning High School project, New Zealand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpizeSoeNT0
    20. 20. Learner Ownership Taking control of the story of your life Helen Barrett http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/11873587
    21. 21. Virtual companion for 21C learning http://www.slideshare.net/4nitsirk/mahara-open-source-eportfolio-application
    22. 22. Lifelong, lifewide • K-12 – Primary, Middle, High School • PSE and beyond – College, university, professional development • Workplace – Sourcing, hiring, developing, grooming • Community – Volunteering • Personal – Interests, experiences
    23. 23. ePortfolio and ALFI ePortfolios are Adult Learning “Friendly” • Outreach – Overcome barriers in time, place, and tradition in order to create lifelong access • Life & Career Planning • Financing • Assessment of Learning Outcomes – Knowledge, skills, and competencies – from the curriculum and life and work experience • Teaching-Learning Process – Multiple methods to connect curriculum to useful knowledge and skills • Student Support Systems – Enhance students’ capacities to become self-directed, lifelong learners • Technology – Enhance the learning experience • Strategic Partnerships – Employers and other organizations • Transitions – Guided pathways
    24. 24. More than paper: Benefits of “e” The “Flexible Binder” for the 21st Century • Information Management capabilities – – – – Collecting, archiving, sharing, multiple versioning Quick links to cross-reference evidence Accessible multimedia with free Web 2.0 tools Align to frameworks, rubrics, track learning over time • Social learning, digital identity – Building professional profile, Personal Learning network • Digital technology skills, Internet literacy – Demonstrated by and within the ePortfolio • Learning and collaboration integration – Online research: documents, networks – Easy to add comments, edit, mentor, coach
    25. 25. My take on PIAAC: PS-TRE How ePortfolios can help learners Use technology, including the read-write web to: • Create a Personal Learning Environment to set goals and develop your knowledge and skills to achieve those goals • Connect with others to build your personal learning network • Develop a positive digital identity • Solve problems, learn, work and live an effective happy life
    26. 26. Multiple Media For authentic assessment Eportfolios as flexible learning spaces - Allison Miller 2012
    27. 27. ePortfolio for High Schools Sample activities and projects • Showcase, repository of artefacts and achievements – Private/Shared/Public • “Walled garden” for: – Reflection, critical thinking – Digital skill building, social skills and identity • Assignment submission tool – Multimedia inquiry-based projects, group projects – Scaffolded knowledge construction – Incremental, monitored, commented • Experiential learning tool – Work experience, community / volunteer • Tool for transition – University entrance, employment, career advancement
    28. 28. Early Steps with Learners “Tell me about yourself” - Template Our Lady’s Preston (UK)
    29. 29. Early Steps with Learners “Tell me about yourself” – Real example Our Lady’s Preston (UK)
    30. 30. ePortfolio FOR and OF Learning Admission to post-secondary Summary Portfolio Workbook
    31. 31. More examples and commentary From my own “assignment page” • John Creighton video – Class projects excerpt • Teachers in training in the US: – Ecosystems by Christina Rosario – Differentiating Using 21st Century Tools by Kery – Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities by Brian Johnson • Articles from New Zealand: – ePortfolios in High School English – Inquiry Based Learning (Google Apps and Mahara) – Constructivism in Year 11 Geography
    32. 32. Open Badges Think: “online micro credential” Richard Wyles, Totara LMS at MaharaUK12 http://maharauk.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=117 Video: Chicago Summer of Learning
    33. 33. But wasn’t this supposed to be about Career Portfolio Manitoba?
    34. 34. Career Portfolio Manitoba Community-based ePortfolio • Nonprofit partnerships of Government, Business and Labour • WEM: Workplace Education in Essential Skills • WPLAR: Workplace Recognition of Prior Learning wplar.ca wem.mb.ca
    35. 35. Essential Skills ePortfolio Program overview • For Adults in Transition – Based on paper program • Leverage the “e” factor • Accessible and authentic ICT – Free software, accessible hardware • “Lifelong”
    36. 36. Adults in Transition Use cases • • • • • • Immigrants Twenty-somethings Return to workers Displaced workers Career shifters Mature workers
    37. 37. Building the ES portfolio Extracting value from experience 1. Identify life experiences 2. Reflect to draw out human capital • “KSAs”: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes 3. Write outcome statements for your KSAs 4. Group into areas of expertise 5. Put it all together in a portfolio • • • • • Title page, table of contents, introduction Lists: skills, examples & outcomes statements Evidence-demonstrations, documentation Resumes and cover letters Goals and plans (SMART goals)
    38. 38. Demonstration • Content tabs tour • ePortfolios for Employability – Rommuel – Carol – David • Course tour
    39. 39. Why did you choose Mahara?
    40. 40. Why Mahara? Personal Learning Environment • Free Open Source Software (FOSS) – Free (like a puppy) – Controllable, predictable – Extendable, “clusterable” (Mahoodle, Google Apps…) • Designed for schools – National school implementation in NZ: “MyPortfolio” • Personalized – Flexible to varied purposes, not a one-size-fits-all “tick the box” form
    41. 41. Why Mahara? Private social media network
    42. 42. Multi Mahara Examples So far, all educational… • MyPortfolio Schools (Kineo Pacific) – 1,211 institutions (201301), 85,575 users, 9,976 groups • MyPortfolio Tertiary (Kineo Pacific) – 14 institutions, 13,381 users,1160 groups – Massey University: 9,000 users • kyvyt.fi (Discendum) – >100 institutions, 25,000 users, 1,000 groups • CLEO (One Connect Limited) – 154 institutions, 23,000 users, 874 groups • Bute/Argyle Education Authority (EdICT) – 92 institutions, 7,081 users, 50* groups
    43. 43. MyPortfolio Schools The largest community so far Jan 2013: 1,211 institutions, 85,575 users, 9,976 groups
    44. 44. Hang on, let me reflect on this for a bit
    45. 45. Discussion Applications for Adult Learning Centres? • • • • RPL? Learning portfolio for courses? Work placement tracking? Transition planning? – Further education? Employment? • Complementary strategies? – Résumés and cover letters? Social media? • Other alternatives? • Are the students ready? • What about the teachers?
    46. 46. Lifelong career development Revisiting the vision • • • • • • All Manitobans Community-based, learner owned Personal and public purposes Lifewide: home, community, school, work... Based on (not restricted to) Essential Skills Not by WEM/WPLAR alone – Built through partnerships of stakeholders
    47. 47. Co-working spaces… Working side by side to co-inspire uuushh.com CC deskmag CC deskmag CC deskmag
    48. 48. Dojo spaces… Building Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes Photo Credit: :: shodan :: via Compfight cc
    49. 49. Career Portfolio MB -> co-dojo.ca An inclusive co-working, co-learning space
    50. 50. A new ePortfolio environment From standalone ePortfolio system to…
    51. 51. Space in the dojo From one institutional space to… co-dojo.ca
    52. 52. Many institutional spaces… co-dojo.ca
    53. 53. In a learning community… co-dojo.ca
    54. 54. Connected through the cloud… co-dojo.ca
    55. 55. To the world outside co-dojo.ca
    56. 56. co-dojo.ca A learning community of communities “Software as a Service” approach: • While institutions kick the tires: – easier to explore and pilot ePortfolios for learning, alone and with others • If institutions go forward: – lower cost, effort and risk to implement and sustain • Once an institution is up and running: – participation in a broader learning community – critical mass for employers and other stakeholders – students keep their ePortfolios after graduation
    57. 57. OK, time’s up! Can you put it all together now?
    58. 58. ePortfolio learning Formal, non-formal and informal http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios
    59. 59. Personal Planning and Learning Online Locker, Interactive Workbook • Online archive – Personal & downloaded documents, links • Resources for self-directed learning – Webinars, videos, self-assessment surveys • Learning plans and tracking tools – Set goals and track progress to them (Learning Plans) – Keep records of learning activities over time (CPD) • Personal journal – Reflect on goals and alternative futures – Keep ad hoc “notes to self”, prepare agendas, etc.
    60. 60. Employment & related purposes Demonstrate, assess & improve Human Capital • Qualification Recognition – Initial, formative, summative assessment • Academic recognition – PLAR/RPL for courses and programs • Career Development – Gap analysis, exploration of alternatives, building pathways • Employment (Web CV) – Hiring, career advancement, team building tool for employers • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – Tracking ongoing learning activities and reflection on practice – Recertification
    61. 61. ePortfolios for credit? Example: Douglas College, BC Disability & Community Studies (DACS) Department Draft 2013
    62. 62. Personal Learning Environments Eportfolios as flexible learning spaces - Allison Miller 2012
    63. 63. PRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE: bit.ly/ep4adults Don Presant don@learningagents.ca Twitter: donpresant Skype: dpresant